The upcoming M235i Coupe will beat the 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, so says Klaus Froehlich, Senior Vice President Brand and Product Strategies at BMW. In speaking to Autoexpress, he states that:
“I have just signed off the M235i’s M Sport performance kit, which will include a proper limited slip differential – LSD. I’m just working out whether to make this an option on all models.
The M235i is as close a spiritual successor to the 2002ti that we’ve had. My initial benchmark was that it will be faster than the BMW 1M Coupe around the Nurburgring, which it is.
The 4 Series body is stiffer than the 3 Series’, and the 2 Series is the same over the 1 Series. The handling of the 1M was too … CONTINUED
Two generations of BMW coupes side by side – the E46 M3 coupe poses with a 4 Series coupe (in Luxury Line).
Have a look at the best videos yet of the 2014 F80 M3 undergoing track testing at the Nurburgring. Why are they the best yet? Because they are being pushed to the limits, which has been rare in the videos we’ve seen prior to this.
Listen to that S55 engine!
BMW M4 Concept Car will be unveiled at Pebble Beach in August.
M4 is more the car to convince seeing as it dispenses with history in order to forge a new beginning with a new icon.
The car will be unveiled at Pebble Beach and then flown back to Germany where it will be displayed at the IAA in Frankfurt in September.
Both M3 and M4 are being presented at the NAIAS in Detroit along with the production BMW X4.
While we were in Portugal for the 4 Series Coupe launch, we also had a first look and drive of the M5 and M6 with Competition Package [full details]. We’ll be sharing some first drive thoughts soon, but for now, have a look and listen at the cars in action. None of the cars in the photos are equipped with the 20″ Competition Package wheels, but you can see them in action in the videos below.
For those not familiar with the M5/M6 Competition Package, it features the following:
Power increase by 11kW (15HP) to 423kW (575 HP)
Stiffer stabilizer (anti-roll) bars
Stiffer and lower suspension (shocks and springs) (10mm lower than standard M5).
BMW today announced pricing for the ground-breaking BMW i3 electric vehicle. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $41,350, before any federal or state incentives. The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $925.
“The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW. “With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility.”
The BMW i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed … CONTINUED
Here are more photos of the F15 X5 M Sport (xDrive50i), for the first time in Glacier Silver. This is a U.S. spec car as you can tell from the ginormous side reflectors
Full U.S. pricing details for the X5 M Sport and all other models have recently been released (see pricing guide). The model seen here, the xDrive50i, starts at $69,125.
In addition to the M Performance 4 Series Coupe on display at the 4 Series international press launch at Estoril track in Lisbon, Portugal, was this 435i M Sport in M Performance trim. Its Estoril Blue II color was totally appropriate as the track day was held at the Estoril Circuit after which this color is named. And while we didn’t get to drive the F32 M Sport on the track (shame), we did get to ogle and photograph it.
The M Sport Package (ZMM) costs $3,500 for the 428i and 428i xDrive and $3,100 for the 435i and 435i xDrive. See full package details and pricing.
The M Sport package for the 4 Series features:
M Sport suspension standard (RWD models … CONTINUED
Chris Harris reviews the 2014 BMW F32 4 Series Coupe (435i).
See what he has to say inside.
We have added even more photos of the F32 4 Series M Performance Parts, including a look at the limited slip differential (LSD).
The M Performance Power Kit (PPK) for the 435i will yield +32hp / 37lb-ft.